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Cop fired for cannabis gets reinstated (Newsletter: August 7, 2023)



ME gov signs 280E bill; Bill Gates & Seth Rogen talk marijuana; Record IL sales; Study: Cannabis consumers & workplace injuries

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a bill allowing marijuana businesses to take state tax deductions as a partial workaround to the Internal Revenue Service code known as 280E that prohibits such deductions at the federal level.

The New Jersey Civil Service Commission ordered the Jersey City Police Department to reinstate an officer who was improperly fired over marijuana, with backpay.

Bill Gates told Seth Rogen that he smoked marijuana in high school in an attempt to “to be cool.” They, along with Rogen’s wife Lauren Miller, also discussed how federal law impedes cannabis research.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture shared the success story of an Indiana-based hemp farm, touting how federal financial and technical assistance helped the business to maximize its output of high-quality CBD oil.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported that retailers sold more than $140 million worth of recreational marijuana products in July—the highest monthly haul so far this year and the state’s second-biggest month of adult-use cannabis purchases on record since sales launched in 2020.

A new study found that workers who use marijuana off the job are no more likely to experience workplace injuries than those who don’t use cannabis at all.

  • “Only use in close temporal proximity to work appears to be a risk factor for workplace injuries, not use away from work.”

Police raided a store on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota over suspected unlicensed marijuana sales. The move comes as the tribe launched its own cannabis dispensary in accordance with the law.


Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) tweeted about a resolution he is cosponsoring “calling for the immediate release of Marc Fogel, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Russia since August 2021 for carrying about half an ounce of medical marijuana.”

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) tweeted, “Veterans should be able to use medical cannabis in states where legal programs exist. That’s why the House overwhelmingly approved our amendment to update this rule.”

The House marijuana banking bill got one new cosponsor for a total of 67.

The House resolution on reparations that notes that ​​Black people are systematically targeted and criminalized by the war on drugs got one new cosponsor for a total of 12.


Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura spoke about how changing public attitudes on marijuana led to legalization. Separately, Department of Public Safety officials are urging people not to drive under the influence of cannabis.

Wisconsin’s Senate minority leader sent a press release about the launch of marijuana legalization in neighboring Minnesota.

A California senator tweeted about his bill to legalize possession of psychedelics.

A West Virginia judge signaled he won’t entertain revocation motions for defendants’ medical cannabis use.

New York regulators are being sued over hemp beverage restrictions.

Missouri regulators suspended operations at three marijuana facilities over “potential product safety concerns.”

Colorado regulators sent a bulletin about shoplifting targeting marijuana businesses.

Mississippi Alcohol Beverage Control arrested a medical cannabis business owner for allegedly possessing unregulated marijuana products.

The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will meet on Monday.

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The Cheyenne, Wyoming City Council passed a resolution calling on state lawmakers to consider decriminalizing marijuana.

A former Adelanto, California mayor was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison in connection with a scheme to take bribes from cannabis interests.

Etowah County, Alabama prosecutors have charged a number of women for testing positive for marijuana metabolites during pregnancy or after birth.


Germany’s parliamentary research service published a report about ongoing challenges the country may face under European Union law even with its revised marijuana legalization plan.

The Australian Green Party published the results of a consultation it conducted on its marijuana legalization proposal.


A study found that “individuals who habitually use cannabis, CBD or THC, and regularly engage in exercise do feel that cannabis assists them with exercise recovery.”


COMPASS Pathways plc reported quarterly net income of $4.5 million and a net loss of $28.3 million.


Hulk Hogan entered an exclusive worldwide partnership with Flora Growth Corp. to sell branded cannabis and kratom products.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.


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